Before moving down to southern Maryland, I had read about the Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill, a restaurant that diners in the area praised for its house-brewed beers, casual atmosphere, and delicious food. My friends Mike and Tina also frequented the restaurant quite often, and echoed the same comments that I had read about the restaurant. So, one weekend afternoon, I decided it was time to head across the Route 4 bridge and try the place. Continue reading
When it comes to cuisines, there are several that I generally frequent more than others: Chinese, Mexican, Italian, American, to name a few. Once in a while though, it’s nice to branch out and give something different a try. I’ve had some good experiences with Middle Eastern cuisines before, once in California and once in Virginia. When I saw that there was a well-reviewed Persian restaurant up in Waldorf, I was very interested to give Silver Skewers a try. Continue reading
With the rapid arrival of the fall season, I decided that it was time to break out a hit recipe from last year: the pumpkin cheesecake brownies. Mixing together two decadent desserts with a seasonal twist, these brownies provide a nice balance between chocolate and pumpkin flavors (and also save from having to make you choose which dessert to eat). Continue reading
Top Chef All-Stars (Season 8) was probably one of my favorites of the series, since it managed to bring together a wide variety of personalities and competitors from all seven seasons prior. Although I hadn’t watched Chef Mike Isabella while he was on Top Chef Las Vegas (Season 6), I got to watch his entire run to the finale during All-Stars, facing off against Richard Blais, who I had been rooting for during his run on Top Chef Chicago (Season 4).
Fast forward now a few years. It was during a conversation with my friend Mark that he tells me about this restaurant he had really enjoyed called Graffiato. He then mentioned that I would probably recognize the name of the owner: Mike Isabella. I had forgotten that he had opened some restaurants in D.C., and Graffiato subsequently bumped up quite a few notches on my list for restaurants to check out. Continue reading
Growing up, I would go out with my family to Chinatown in New York City a lot to visit my grandparents. We would always get take out from a number of different Chinese restaurants, so I got the chance to sample a lot of different dishes. Aside from developing an immense love for fried rice and roast pork, I had another dish that I always liked due to both its simplicity and flavor profile: Singapore chow mei fun. It was something that we frequently got whenever we went into the city, and now having moved away from the area, I was hard pressed to find a place that made it close to what I could find in Chinatown. That is where southern Maryland surprised me again. Continue reading
This was another surprise for me: finding some very delicious Thai food in a restaurant tucked away in southern Maryland. The quality of the food, combined with the value for how much food there was, had me walking away from the restaurant satisfied, from both a craving and wallet perspective. Continue reading